Please read through the bios of the four 2015 Elder Board candidates and prayerfully consider each of them. You will be asked to vote for two of the four candidates on May 17th at the Quarterly Congregational Meeting immediately following the service.
I was born and raised in the small town of Ruston, LA, one of three siblings. I am thankful to have been raised in a Christian family attending a small Baptist country church. I walked down the aisle and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior as a young pre-teen and was baptized by emersion. I was married for a period of 25 years; we had 2 children, Christine and Kevin, and now 2 grandchildren. My business career has consisted of various management level positions in finance and accounting; I am currently retired. A charter member of Grace Community Church, I served as the leader/organizer of the adult singles Sunday school class for approximately 10 years. During that time we served approximately 85-90 dinners/picnics for the Helen B. Wright Center for Women and approximately eight picnics for the Belarussian host families. During this time I also completed the seven year Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) program. Also a charter member of Restoration Community Church, serving as an usher/greeter and on the Outreach Committee. I currently work a fairly large garden for the crisis center of North Raleigh Ministries with a partner. My personal interest/activities include gardening, cooking, dancing, and hiking. I love to serve.
I currently live in the North Raleigh area with my husband Gary. We have two grown sons, Christopher and John David and we are very blessed with two awesome grandsons, Evan age 4 and Keegan age 9 months. I have been a nurse for well shall we say many years and spent the last year selling and transitioning our home care family business of 25+ years. We have been members of RCC for about three years. Since joining RCC I have been involved with small groups, dinner groups, and am currently active in a strong Christian covenant group. I was also very fortunate to be a part of the ASP mission trip last year.
Growing up in a small rural community in NC, I was very blessed to have been born and raised in a loving Christian family. As a southern Baptist I will always remember being baptized with several of my cousins in a river, yes fully “dunked.” Over the years as we moved to different cities, I joined the Methodists and then the Presbyterians and finally chose a non-denominational church where I feel very comfortable and connected. During my membership with the Presbyterian Church I served as a youth Sunday school teacher and moved totally out of my comfort zone to a Deacon role. It was during that time that I felt closest to God and my faith grew by leaps and bounds. I soon realized that service to God and His Church is definitely key to growing spiritually.
I am very excited about RCC and would be humbled to be of service to you the members of our community of faith. I will use the gifts that God has given to me in helping to guide RCC in their future direction.
I am an imperfect believer, growing in my Faith and have chosen to walk daily with Jesus.
I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve as an Elder for our awesome community of believers at Restoration Community Church. In prayerfully considering the opportunity to serve, I was led to 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
My wife Lori and I have just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have two sons, Christopher (26) and Bill (24). We’ve lived in Raleigh for the past 16 years. Professionally, I am Chief Financial Officer of Morganite Industries Inc. for whom I have worked for the past 26 years.
My Faith Journey
I was christened as a baby in St. Stephens Episcopal Church, a church my family helped build, in Erwin, NC. However, I tend to believe that Christ entered my life most profoundly on a mountain top in Crested Butte, Colorado while on a family ski trip in my teens. Though I had been going to Episcopal churches for most of my life, I did not feel the spirit dwelling within me until I struck up a conversation on that mountain.
The man riding the lift to the top with me spoke about faith. When we reached the end he asked if, “I’d like to let Jesus Christ enter my life.” I said, “Of course,” feeling that He was already a part of my life, already there. But the man continued, mentioning being a “Vessel for the Light” and letting Christ dwell within me. At that moment I had a profound sense of being at once incredibly tiny and incredibly humbled — I felt a physical change in my heart and my attitude. Ever since that moment being a “light” of faith has been a recurring theme for me. I have seen the works of the Lord all around me and seen how active he is in my life.
I have been a Raleigh native for the greater portion of my life. All of my family lives within a 15 mile radius of my home. In 2013 I was married to the incredibly brilliant and unendingly beautiful Jaclyn Bell by Robin Phillips (our union being what brought us to, and has kept us with, the Restoration Community Church Family). We are raising my 15 year old son, Greyden Stevens, who lives with us 50% of the time and has recently earned his Black Belt at Karate International. Jaclyn and I are also hoping to expand our little family from just us three and our sweet Carolina dog, Ginny.
My job has primarily been in the life sciences or the pharmaceutical industry since graduating from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) in 1990. I have worked for several of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery or compound management by integrating laboratory automation to do repetitious manual testing. I am now working for a United Kingdoms based clean air company called Big Neat, Ltd. I enjoy this work because my efforts, in effect, help others. Over the past 10 years, travel has taken me away from home and away from the church. Restoration Church has offered me a chance to fully understand being in a community of faith – my own commitment to Christ is being restored as is my connection to a loving community.
I was the Den Leader and Cub Master for Pack 314 guiding my son, Greyden, and Den 3 from Wolf Cub (my own highest rank) to Webelos II. My family has lived in “North Carolina” since about 1650; we’ve been in the Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil War but took both of the World Wars off. Lastly, I was King Richard of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC from 2008-2010 and thought it was one of the best jobs I ever had. Truthfully though, I felt more pressure portraying Jesus Christ and Saul at Restoration Vacation Bible Study skits than I did standing in front of 3,000 guests at the Renaissance Festival.
I look forward to being the very best, dynamic Elder that I can be and to sharing the restoration to Christ with others.